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  1. Ha-Ha, Tony you are absolutely correct! I just got done working the "Fred Hall Show" in San Diego, and one of the more common questions was how to get even more freespool out of this model which is very popular there.
  2. Notable; as I mentioned, over on that west coast-oriented site, and directly underneath your most recent post [inside the New At Fred Hall thread] there are several black Torques shown for sale at that same tackle shop in Oceanside.
  3. To clarify, the US-made spinners are the Torque II and "Z" series. In addition to the "U.S. Senators", the 12/0 and 14/0 "regular" Senators are also made in Philly.
  4. When the black color was discontinued several years ago, the retail price dropped substantially. A relatively large number of black Torques sold in a very short time, with some people purchasing multiple units just based on price. Almost everybody who got one liked it a lot, and the perceived demand is mostly anglers hoping to add to their arsenal with matching pieces. There is a lot of Internet sleuthing going on for them, but they are specifically looking for them at those greatly marked-down prices. *Craigen, since you are on the west coast, "ground zero" for BST on black Torque star drags is that O'side tackle shop on Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Vista Way. Sorry, links are not allowed here.
  5. Fathom FTH25NLDLH [single speed], and FTH25NLD2LH [2-speed] both available now.
  6. One small tip when doing casting practice. Its certainly better to practice "on the water", but if that is not possible, be sure to carry a spray bottle of water to wet down your line thoroughly before each and every heave.
  7. In the current PENN catalogue, the 113H2SP [special purpose] is designed specifically for wire line trolling.
  8. Its 9:45 PM here in California, which means its well past Midnight where you all [and Tony] are, and a weekend to boot. It so happens I am taking a [short] break from prepping for a 6-day San Diego long-range trip onboard the Shogun, heading for Guadalupe Island. I am sure that Tony will chime in on Monday; I'll send him a note to take a look here.
  9. Almost a disadvantage to have "prescription strength". With the 12.5 size, you have total dose flexibility that you can gauge pretty easily if you are sensitive to just "how sick" you get under varying sea conditions. Taking two of the 12.5 size is equal to one Bonine [how many gr. in the prescription strength?]. The 12.5 are also very inexpensive.
  10. Lucky angler Kevin Curtis [lower left] landed this massive 360.4 pound "Super Cow" yellowfin tuna aboard the Intrepid out of San Diego, on the new PENN International 16VISX reel
  11. Unless its a state thing, Meclizene is non-prescription. At least in California it is. You can buy it in 12.5 or 25 mg dosage; pretty inexpensive if you buy the generic. Bonine is just the 25 mg with some flavoring added to make it more chewable. I like the 12.5, because I can take a light dose and not get too drowsy, but if the seas come up, I can take another one, or even two.
  12. Wes from Ken's Custom Reels in Oceanside, CA bested this beautiful 140 pound yellowfin tuna on his PENN International 16VISX while fishing at Guadalupe Island. American Angler crewman Rocco [R] does the heavy lifting.
  13. Sounds like you are in Hawaii, there are several devices sold in tackle shops there to solve the problem of landing really big fish that are down at the bottom of a cliff.
  14. Hi Joe, First let me say that I don't have a 10500, so have only used one a handful of times. However, I have fished off piers quite a bit, mostly with 6500-7500 size reels [including Spinfishers]. With those reel sizes, any fish bigger than 3-4 pounds or so is handlined up through the 20-30 feet of air, and bigger fish of 10 pounds or more call for a hoop-net or pier gaff. Although the 10500 is a beefy reel, it is a relatively fast 42 Inches-per-turn, meaning cranking dead weight straight up into the air will be something of a challenge. With fish under 10 pounds off piers [cliffs may not permit this motion], in some cases you can reach your rod over the railing and point it straight down at the fish, then crank the fish a foot or two out of the water, and then in a sweeping motion, swing the fish up and over the rail [takes a bit of practice], but simply holding the rod normally and cranking the fish right up would probably be extremely difficult even with a big reel like yours.